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What is your name and where are you from? Intro­duce your­self!

F: Hel­lo every­one, my name is Fifi also known as Black­beau­ty kween. I was born and raised in Johan­nes­burg, South Africa. I now reside in Lon­don, Unit­ed King­dom.
Did you tran­si­tion or big chop? Share your nat­u­ral hair jour­ney with us!

F: I tran­si­tioned to nat­u­ral for 12 months and I’m super excit­ed because next mon­th Feb­ru­ary 2015 is my 6 year nap­piver­sary (6 years nat­u­ral- relax­er free)!  It’s def­i­nite­ly been one of the most incred­i­ble and lib­er­at­ing things I’ve ever done in my life ????.

I decid­ed to tran­si­tion to nat­u­ral in 2009 when I was preg­nant. Keep­ing away from harsh chem­i­cals to pro­tect my unborn baby just seemed like a sen­si­ble thing to do, but I must admit I was a lit­tle unhap­py with the thought of not relax­ing my hair for the entire 9 months( I looked a hot mess most of the time- big sigh!). After a few frus­tra­tions dur­ing my tran­si­tion­ing stage, I did some research online on how to grow and care for nat­u­ral hair- at this point of my jour­ney my focus was main­ly to gain knowl­edge for healthy hair while look­ing pret­ty too. I didn’t think my hair could grow long at the time,  so I didn’t even attempt to think about my hair being long and boun­cy like the ladies on YouTube. But to my sur­prise, the more I cared/ nur­tured for my hair the more it grew. I was amazed — and I still am????

How would you describe your tex­ture?
F: I am not real­ly keen on “hair typ­ing” but if I have to describe my tex­ture,  I would say my hair tex­ture is pre­dom­i­nate­ly 4b. My hair is quite kinky with very lit­tle curl def­i­n­i­tion — I know my strands look coarse, but they are actu­al­ly fine. My hair is high­ly dense ( I have a lot of hair- enough to sup­ply my entire vil­lage. LOL)

Give us an updat­ed styling reg­i­men shar­ing how you style your hair over the course of the mon­th, and the ratio­nale behind your var­i­ous styling deci­sions. How has your styling changed since your last fea­ture?

F: My styling reg­i­men is still the same, I love keep­ing my hair care reg­i­men very sim­ple because it’s less time con­sum­ing and my hair thrives when left alone. I most­ly style my hair in a twist out or braid out then re-style after 2–3 days and then twist it up again to stretch the hair. At this point I  leave my hair in twists for a week, and once the twists look old and tired, I unrav­el them and wear my hair in a bun till wash day.

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What does wash day look like for you? How has wash day changed since we last fea­tured you?
F: Wash day!!! Haha­ha­ha­ha, my wash­ing rou­tine has changed dras­ti­cal­ly since my last fea­ture. Now that my hair is waist length, I wash it once a mon­th and I don’t spend long hours in the show­er to wash my hair( ain’t nobody got time for that!) — it takes me two hours max!

I start off by apply­ing organ­ic coconut oil to my entire hair the night before wash day. The fol­low­ing day I sec­tion my hair into six equal parts and apply L’oreal Elvive Full Restore Con­di­tion­er (used as a deep con­di­tion­er) and cov­er my hair with a show­er cap/ plas­tic bag for an hour or so. Once done with deep con­di­tion­ing, I rin­se it out with warm water and add more con­di­tion­er to each sec­tion to detan­gle my hair under run­ning water in the show­er. I use my fin­gers first to detan­gle and fol­low up with a wide tooth comb. Once done with co-wash­ing, detan­gling and twist­ing,  I do a final rin­se with apple cider vine­gar dilut­ed with cool water( 480ml water mixed with one table­spoon apple cider vine­gar) focused on my scalp and hair. I allow my hair to air dry in twists, and once my hair is 90% dry I unrav­el one twist at a time and apply Tresse­me Nat­u­rals Con­di­tion­er (used as my leave in) and I seal with my very own BBK But­ter­cream( used as a styler/sealant) and twist it up again to ful­ly dry overnight and stretch.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.

F: I nev­er have time to style hence why I absolute­ly love wear­ing twist outs and braid outs, either hang­ing loose or tied back with a banana clip or even a sim­ple high/low/side bun. In my opin­ion, the­se styles are fun, classy and styl­ish and can be worn in any occa­sion.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?

F: I absolute­ly have no issues with shrink­age. I do not expe­ri­ence much shrink­age, my curls aren’t tight so that helps a lot. Also, my hair is longer now so shrink­age is not a prob­lem. I hard­ly see my hair in it’s shrunk­en state because I twist my hair imme­di­ate­ly after every wash to stretch it out for more length and less tan­gles.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require extra care and atten­tion?

F: The crown, the edges and roots- the­se areas get extreme­ly dry. When I expe­ri­ence any break­age it’s usu­al­ly from the­se prob­lem areas, so I always make sure I thor­ough­ly and reg­u­lar­ly mois­tur­ize and apply less pres­sure on the­se areas.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?

F: Hmm­m­m­mm, mois­tur­iz­ing! I have very dry hair, so the more mois­ture my hair receives the more man­age­able it becomes and it breaks less too. I absolute­ly love sil­i­cone free con­di­tion­ers, my hair can’t sur­vive with­out it. Also keep­ing my hair stretched is a MUST, my hair tan­gles very eas­i­ly so keep­ing it stretched keeps tan­gles to a min­i­mum.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?

F: Wash n go’s are a mas­sive NO! My hair would laugh at me- it tan­gles like crazy once it’s com­plete­ly dry when loose. I avoid prod­ucts that con­tain sil­i­cones, min­er­al oil, petro­le­um and lano­lin because my hair doesn’t respond well to those ingre­di­ents — my hair becomes dry, brit­tle and crunchy.

What has been your secret to main­tain­ing healthy hair in the time since our last fea­ture? Any major game-chang­ers?

F: My secret to main­tain­ing healthy hair is my sim­ple hair care rou­tine, con­sis­ten­cy and tech­niques I use like:
1) Low manip­u­la­tion- I leave my hair alone as much as pos­si­ble.
2) Mois­tur­iz­ing reg­u­lar­ly, thor­ough­ly, seal­ing and being very gen­tle.
3) Embrac­ing my thick kinky hair.
4) I try my best to eat well and drink a lot of water.
5) Patience!

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
F:Yes. I have a Face­book hair page called BBK super nat­u­ral and you can also find me on Insta­gram @bbksupernatural

 

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and pro­duct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­u­ral hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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29 Comments on "Fifi from London // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon (Update)"

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S. Williams

I’m just now com­ing here and I’m won­der­ing the same thing LOL she did say her strands are fine even though her hair is dense so I’m sure that helps. My strands are coarse and my hair is quite dense so that’s a no for me lol

tiyang44

Your hair is gor­geous

LiLi

Any­one else curi­ous as to how all that great­ness fit into a banana clip

Taqwa

Wow ???? Beau­ti­ful!

Dee

Hair crush ????????

Eva S

I let out an audi­ble gasp…This s espe­cial­ly amaz­ing as she began with­out think­ing her hair could grow long…

J9ssica

that hair,*drools*

Awa

There are no words. You have now become my hair envy/hair cousin/ i’m obsessed.

VaVaVoom

This has been a huge *pop* mom­net as i realised how much i need to take care of my nat­u­ral hair

how do you type your hair????

Excited Woman

:D this is sooo coool! So nice to see some­one with this tex­ture and spe­cial­ly “thickness/density” get to this length. My hair is sim­i­lar but have plateaued at bsl as thought it wouldn’t be pos­si­ble to go fur­ther with my dry­ness and thick­ness. But feel­ing very inspired to try and per­sist to waist length! :D

jjac401

If this post doesn’t inspire a per­son to go nat­u­ral then I don’t know what will! IJS!

You and your hair is gor­geous and amaz­ing­ly beau­ti­ful!

Youngin girl

5, 6, and 9 pho­tos are pret­ty. I like the ver­sal­i­ty. You go girl.

GuestyGuest

Your hair is BEAUTIFUL.

brlbeleza

Fifi! Your hair is, in a word, mag­nif­i­cent! I hope that I have half that vol­ume of hair. It’s glo­ri­ous. :-D

Ms. Vee

Gor­geous hair! Im absolute­ly lov­ing the styles.

Rose

Amaz­ing fea­ture. Your hair is so beau­ti­ful. I can’t wait to get that length. I am about APL now, and I already feel like long 4b/4c hair is eas­ier to style than short­er hair. I can’t wait until I can put in my 8 or so chunky braids/twists and have an amaz­ing twist out only a few hours lat­er. For now, I have to put about 20 twists, but I love my nat­u­ral hair so much! I have no clue how you get away with wash­ing once a mon­th. Do you work­out or sweat at all??

roo08

The­se pic­tures and the fact you only spend 2 hours on wash­day. W.I.N.
Beau­ti­ful!!!

SB

Lawd have mer­cy, your hair is awe­some!

LoveIt

Wow you have so beau­ti­ful hair. I love it :)

HisMercy

cur­rent­ly 14 months post…relaxer is seem­ing real­ly good right now, but I think I’ll keep going! THANK YOu for the inspo! Beau­ti­ful hair!!!

Gracie

Fifi you are giv­ing me all kinds of LIFE and HOPE! 4B waist length hair! A once-a-mon­th, 2-hours-max wash day! Styles that are sim­ple and gor­geous! Super use­ful and detailed info! Yes yes yes yes and yes. I have been nat­u­ral for 5 years and am very hap­py with my hair — but I was just won­der­ing what I am going to do when I begin teacher train­ing this year and have to look pre­sentable with lit­tle time for hair non­sense. You madam have shown me the way. Thank you BGLH for a great fea­ture.

Nana

Wow, thats some nice hair gal. ofil­we tota!

Alicia

Love it! I have 4A around the edges of my hair and 4B right at the crown of my hair. I call it my fun area because of all the crazy zigg zags and poofy tex­ture I get from it. It’s the best part of my fro and the cowlicks I get from it are amaz­ing and cute. Love your hair tex­ture. If all of my hair was 4B that would be amaz­ing.

JazzWife

Real­ly beau­ti­ful

cryssi

I knew her face and name looked famil­iar. Love the styles.

poprocks

wow… just wow

kia

I real­ly like 4b hair. I wish I had tighter curls.

Leelee

Wow her hair is gor­geous!!!!

neesh

gorg!

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